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American service members among at least 16 killed in Syrian suicide bombing

Posted at 7:19 AM, Jan 16, 2019

BEIRUT (AP) – The U.S. military says two American service members and 2 American civilians have been killed in a suicide bombing claimed by Islamic State in Syria.

The military said in a tweet about Wednesday’s blast in the northern Syrian town of Manbij: “We are still gathering information and will share additional details at a later time.”

A Syrian war monitor, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, reported earlier that at least two U.S. soldiers were killed in the suicide attack outside a restaurant in Manbij.

The Kurdish Hawar news agency, based in northern Syria, said three Americans were killed.

The blast killed a total of 16 people including nine civilians according to the Observatory. The attack comes as the U.S. has begun the process of withdrawing from Syria.

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